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Police investigate gruesome murders of cousins and uncle

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West


Police in Mothotlung are investigating three counts of murder.  This came after a 31-year-old uncle collected two children; a six-year-old girl and four-year old boy, from their home in Extension 1, Mothotlung at about 18:00 on Wednesday, 16 February 2022, to buy them food.

When the children, who are cousins did not return home, the mothers became worried and a missing person’s report was made on Thursday, 17 February 2022 at about 01:15, at the local police, leading to an immediate search by the police and members of the community. The search continued throughout the night for the uncle and the two cousins.

The uncle was successfully traced by the community members, who without informing the police, allegedly interrogated and assaulted him. As a result, he pointed out the children's bodies that were found in the bushes, behind a church between Extension 1 and 2, with throats allegedly slit with a sharp object. Subsequent to the gruesome discovery, members of the community took the law into their own hands by allegedly killing and setting alight the uncle aged 31, at about 10:00 today.   

Investigation into the matter continues and the area is currently calm. Police request anyone with information that can assist in the investigation to contact the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Job Lehabe on 082 ‪‪373 9814. Alternatively, Crime Stop can be contacted on ‪‪08600 10111.  Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via My SAPS Application from your smart phone.




Colonel Adéle Myburgh
082 856 1731